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We all have our guilty pleasures. For me, it’s McDonald’s fries. Although I try to watch my sodium intake, I always seem to cave when it comes to taking a bite (or two) of that deliciousness saltiness.

But recently I came across this amazing recipe for a much healthier version of my favorite snack. Who knew you could turn turnips into fries! I barely used to eat turnips, to begin with, but after making these, I can see myself incorporating them into almost any meal.

Turn Up for Turnips

Turnips are a pretty underrated vegetable. We don’t usually talk about them the way we do carrots or kale or even tomatoes. But unbeknownst to many of us, turnips are pretty high in nutrients like any other vegetable and can benefit our health in a variety of ways.

Health benefits of turnips include (via medicalnewstoday.com):

  • High in potassium which has been found to lower blood pressure.
  • Lowers your risk of developing cancer.
  • High in fibre, which keeps you full longer allowing you to consume fewer calories. High-fibre foods also prevent constipation and promote healthy digestion. According to Medical News Today, “regular, adequate bowel movements are crucial for the daily excretion of toxins through the bile and stool.”
  • Dietary fibre also plays a role in reducing the risk of health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.
  • High vitamin C content contributes to eye health by providing protection against UV light damage. In fact, “eating just two medium turnips would meet your vitamin C needs for the entire day,” says Medical News Today.
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If you’re unsure about how to go about adding turnips to your diet, here are some easy ideas:

  • Boil and mash them for a variation of mashed potatoes.
  • Chop or shred them and add them to your salad or coleslaw.
  • Add them to soup like you would potatoes.
  • Cut them up and turn them into fries like in the recipe below.
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Who can say no to turnip fries when they’ve got all these amazing health benefits going for them? I would trade in high-sodium McDonald’s fries for healthy skin and hair any day.

This recipe is shared with permission from our friends at draxe.com.

Turnip Fries Recipe

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This turnip fries recipe is a delicious snack! They’re high in vitamin C and are a great option for healthy fries! Try it today!

Serves: 4-8

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss all ingredients until turnip fries are well coated.
  3. Place in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Flip fries and bake an additional 15-20 minutes.

Dip these turnip fries in this healthy Homemade Ketchup Recipe for the perfect snack. You’ll never go running back to McDonald’s again.

Here are some other great alternatives to McDonald’s fries – Crispy Avocado Fries and Spicy Sweet Potato Fries!

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